About 6 out of 10. Books are like food. Most of the time I eat healthy, good-for-you food. And sometimes I just want a nice greasy burger with large fries and a shake. This book was the greasy burger. It was gross, horrific, bloody and very tasty. What I liked best about this book was not really knowing how it was going to end. You get used to having the hero of the story come out victorious, or at least the bad guy is caught and punished. But this book keeps you guessing to the very end. It really doesn't seem like anyone is going to get out of this alive and that the bad guys win...... or do they??? ;)
When one of the characters says "i ate Meadow, and he tasted like chicken". I laughed so hard i nearly lost control of my car. Just an awesome, cheesy, cornball piece of humor in the middle of a really gross and tense story.
The way he voiced the African American characters. They were so incredibly stereotyped that it was almost offensive. But I believe that most of that was the writing -- the dialog for the African American kids felt like it was written by someone who watched Boyz In The Hood one too many times. The dialog was distractingly stuck in the 80's and it didn't allow me to connect with those characters because they were SUCH caricatures.
"I ate my friend, and he tasted like chicken!" aaaaahahahahaha... just classic.
This book is NOT for everyone!! I'll even venture to say that it's not for most. It's incredibly graphic and gross. The story reads like a B movie slasher flick, but I find those enjoyable so it didn't bother me. There are lots of characters doing really stupid things, lots of characters doing things that are just ridiculous and improbable and lots of hilarious bad guys. There's a myriad of things you can pick at about this book, but why bother. It's like watching a slasher flick and wondering why the girl in high heels and a bikini runs into the woods to get away from the killer.... what's the point... just enjoy the ride. This is not a intellectual piece of literature, but it sure was fun and I enjoyed every minute of it.
There are few things better than a good story well told!
The thing about this book is that there is a pretty good story in there. Not a great mystery but plenty of action and suspense. The problem is it is mixed in with so much blood, gore, torture and just plain nastiness you really want to just look away. I was warned by other reviewers (thank you) so I knew it was going to be bad going in. And it was but I don't regret the listen. It was a good story. But seriously folks, if you are at all squeamish this is not for you.
Now I know precisely what the reviewer who said they were embarrassed about how much they liked this story meant!
Yes I have/will. But I would hope they would rely more on their writing/plotting skills because they can tell a good story. And when it comes to blood and guts I think less can be more. That's why only three stars for the story.
There were many scenes where I was actually calling the characters bad names because of the bad choices they were making. Fortunately, I was cleaning the house instead of sitting on the train!
No. One needs a bit of a breather from all of the carnage. But I did want to finish it.
There was a twist to plot. I just wasn't into camping on an island with no other people around. So it wasn't surprising things went wrong. The nature of problems was different. The ending scare was unbelievable and hard to see happening.
I had started Haunted House without realizing it tied into Kilborn's other books. I had read "Afraid" already and remembered it was so disturbing I never wanted to read it again. Turns out this book is also connected to that one. I believe it's much less gory than "Afraid", but still creepy, which I enjoy. The narrator also was a great actor who helped deliver the emotion of the characters and built the tension.
Yes. It was everything I thought it would be campy, scarey, gory, annoying and unbelievable.
I've only listened to one and this was a close 3rd
The narration of the black youths. It came off extremely ridiculous.
Not go camping
Not really. The story line was weird and some of the characters I just didn't like.
There was a surprise that was impossible in real life. But it was good for this story.
Maybe not. I didn't care for his voices for the female characters at all. However the male voices were pretty good, he did crazy Lester well.
Since I listen while driving to and from work which is 45mins or so each way, I would say yes. But I probably wouldn't have finished it otherwise.
It is very graphic with the violence and there are many scenes where I actually felt nauseous. It shows the author did a good job describing the scene but it was pretty gross. if you cant handle gross don't listen.
No. It was kind of gross. Too much vomiting!
When they discovered what was really happening on the island.
Very good reader with a compelling voice.
Don't camp alone...
It was a good book with a lot happening, so you have to really pay attention.
I bought this book b/c I've lived in Michigan my whole life and am very familiar with the remoteness of the UP. I thought this would be a book about troubled teens using their street skills to survive in a harsh, hostile, wilderness situation. Anyone who enjoys stories about adults, teens and potentially a little baby being tortured, roasted and eaten alive in very graphic detail will love this book. Anyone who loved the movie Hostel and watched all the sequels will love this book. If you did NOT enjoy the movie Hostel or watch any of the sequels b/c of that, do not waste your credit on this book. You will have nightmares like I did.
I Love to listen to books more often than reading. Audible gets me through the day and night more especially when I'm working !
Gory, funny, and unbelievable
My favorite scene was when Tyrone and Cindy debated over who would get the gun from the campsite, this scene proved how much Cindy and Tyrone like each other
Love that Lester called Georgia "Georgia girl" lol